Monday, October 10, 2016

Two New Wines From Abbelone

#1
Named after their daughter,
Abbelone's new wine, "Camilla", has caused great confusion in the household..."Is "Camilla" in the fridge?" "Did you bring "Camilla" for dinner?", but they are getting used to it.
This Pinot Noir Blanc (think champagne before bubbles) is Abbelone's 2015 version, the first they have made. It it 95% Pinot Noir with 5 % Viognier and you need it in your cellar.
As you wine nuts know, Viognier is the only white grape allowed in red blends due to its ageing quality. In this case it will carry the wine for a very nice aging, I would say 2 to 5 years.
This is a very light peach color, almond and cream caramel on the nose with hints of bittersweet citrus. The mouthfeel is pleasing, with caramel, Bosch pear, brandy , and toast. Long finish of dried apple.
Keep in mind I am tasting this at room temperature.
I would recommend this to be chilled to 60 to 65 degrees and paired with pasta. A cream sauce would be perfect, but it really is a food friendly wine that will make any food, except perhaps peanut butter and jelly, but I would not hesitate to try.




#2
Remarkable! This is Abbelone's VSP Cuvee '14.
Jewels floating in a lush, mouth friendly blend of Viognier, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Absolutely beautifully balanced. Mouthfeel is soft with just enough tannins to give a bit of tootheyness (and age well). This one will, as it ages, lose a bit of the tooth and soften. 
Tiny hints of anise, very subtle clove, and ripe blueberry, soft black fig.
The taste is of black currant, blueberry pie, with a long finish of gamey wild RIPE blackberry.
Drink now and you will have a food friendly wine for almost any style of food or a "drink alone" wine that will make you smile. Age for two to three more years and this one will be stunning!

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